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Pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, begins selling a carbonated drink of his own devising as a patent medicine. He will go on to found The Pemberton Medicine Company, which will find global success after a name change to The Coca-Cola Company. This universally-available fizzy drink will inspire several songs including Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters and and the somewhat more salacious Coca Cola Douche by The Fugs. It's also worth noting that the hit single I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by The New Seekers, was based on a 1971 Coca Cola advertising jingle - I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke.
Louise Bennett, poet, singer, songwriter and activist, is born in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. Bennett will become a much-loved household name, nicknamed Miss Lou, in Jamaica. Apart from her many achievements in radio and on the stage, she will teach Harry Belafonte how to sing The Banana Boat Song, and will serve as an inspiration for Bob Marley.
Fitzgerald Cornelius Henry is born in Arouca, Trinidad. He will find fame as calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Blind Blake records Too Tight Blues No2, Hastings Street and Georgia Bound in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records.
Blind Blake records Blue Getaway, Diddie Wa Diddie, Chump Man Blues, Ice Man Blues, Pop It Stomp, Fan Foot Woman and Police Dog Blues in the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Attila The Hun records The More They Try To Do Me Bad for Decca Records in Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
The Harmony Kings Orchestra records Sunny Grenada, Anything For Love, Don't Touch Me and Jacks' Broth for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
The Caresser, with John 'Buddy' Williams And His Rhythm Orchestra, records Joe Louis and Ruby Canera, for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, West Indies, Caribbean.
The Lion (aka Roaring Lion), with The Harmony Kings Orchestra, records Excursion To Grenada, Ba Boo La La, I Am Going To Buy A Bungalow and Emmalene for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
Lord Executor records Seven Skeletons Found In The Yard and My Troubles With Dorothy for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Wilmoth Houdini And His Royal Calypso Orchestra record the LP Harlem Seen Through Calypso Eyes for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
A USO [United Service Organizations] "camp show" arrives in Trinidad to entertain American troops. The show features up-and-coming radio comedian Morey Amsterdam. While in Trinidad, he will hear the song Rum And Coca Cola by Lord Invader. He will take the song back to the USA and copyright it in his own name. Rum And Coca Cola will be a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters reaches No1 in the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, a position it will hold for ten weeks. The song is a version of a calypso written by Lord Invader who will, in due course, have to go to court to win his royalties.
Calypso star Lord Invader flies out of Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean, aboard a Pan Am clipper bound for New York City, USA. While there, he intends to pursue a legal action against comedian Morey Amsterdam who has falsely copyrighted his hugely successful song Rum And Coca Cola. When Lord Invader arrives at LaGuardia airport he is greeted by thirty members of the press waiting to interview and photograph him.
Lord Invader, The Duke Of Iron, Macbeth and Gerald Clark And His Band play in a concert entitled Calypso At Midnight, in The Town Hall, New York City, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records The Dollar And The Pound and I Will Die A Bachelor, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The romantic comedy musical film The Petty Girl, starring Robert Cummings and Joan Caulfield, opens at cinemas in New York, USA. All of the songs in the film, including Fancy Free, Calypso Song, I Loves Ya and The Petty Girl, are written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
Louise Bennett And The Caribbean Serenaders record Bongo Man and Linsted Market for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Dossie Terry with The Howard Biggs Orchestra records Lost My Head and When I Hit The Number, for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Executor dies.
The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, opens at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 229 performances.
The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, plays at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 229 performances.
Harry Belafonte records The Drummer And The Cook, The Fox, Delia and Soldier, Soldier in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte is recording his second LP, Belafonte, for RCA Victor at RCA Victor's Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, New York City, USA. It will become the first number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, topping the chart for six weeks.
Belafonte by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Billboard US popular albums chart.
Izzy Young opens The Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. His first customers are said to have been Harry Belafonte and Burl Ives.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
In Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Harry Belafonte has the last of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
Island Records is founded in Jamaica, Caribbean, by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Leslie Kong, partially financed by Stanley Borden from RKO. The label's name is inspired by the Harry Belafonte hit Island in the Sun. Initially a reggae label, it will become much more rock oriented in the latter half of the 1960s.
Lord Myrie [guitar and vocals], Cecil Mitchell? [banjo] and James Convery [marimba box], record the album Calypso Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, for Cook-Microfusion Records.
Harry Belafonte plays during a week of shows at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia.
A court hearing in New York City, USA, about the suspension of satirical Greenwich Village calypso singer Lord Buckley's Cabaret Card is attended by over thirty witnesses and journalists. The hearing is adjourned and rescheduled for two weeks later.
Cy Grant sings a news-based calypso on the BBC-tv topical magazine show Tonight, broadcast live from London, England, UK.
Cy Grant performs a freshly composed news-based calypso on the BBC-tv current affairs magazine show Tonight.
The Belafonte Singers appear in concert in Salem, Ohio, USA.
The Harry Belafonte Singers appear in concert in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA.
If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul, reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA. The song is based on the 1934 calypso Ugly Woman by Roaring Lion.
The album Jump-Up-Calypso by Harry Belafonte is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Jazz saxophonist George Braith records Mary Ann, Home Street and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Blue Note Records.
Harry Belafonte opens for a month of shows at The Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Harry Belafonte and Woody Herman are guests on tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte plays the first of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Harry Belafonte opens for twelve days at The Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, California, USA.
Barbra Streisand, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass, Harry Belafonte and Bill Cosby take part in a Southern Christian Leadership Foundation benefit concert at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Tracy Chapman, The Mighty Sparrow and others play at a rally and concert for Nelson Mandela in Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA.
Ernest Ranglin, The Sunshine Brothers and Earthlink Sound System play at The Railway Hotel, Perth, Western Australia. Ranglin is billed on the poster for this event as "The King Of Skank".
The Mighty Sparrow plays at The B.B. King Blues Club, New York City, USA.
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